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Gillingham chairman Paul Scally remains on the hunt for investment

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham are still seeking the investment that will allow them to fulfil their ambitions on and off the pitch.

The recent Center Plate court case slowed down the stadium project while early-season struggles on the pitch put off at least one investor.

Victory over their former caterers at the high court means money is now available to continue the planning process on the new stadium.

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally Picture: Ady Kerry

Meanwhile, chairman Paul Scally remains on the hunt for the right people to help take the club forward.

Mr Scally said: “One of the people who was going to put money in pulled out when we were in the bottom three because they thought we were going to get relegated.

“One minute they were quite close, they would have been good partners, then I got a call saying they had a meeting, they saw our position and didn’t want to have a League 2 side.

“They haven’t been back in touch since and I wonder what they are thinking now when they look at the table. That is the trouble, it is a very thin line between finding someone and not finding someone, but it is certainly not through the lack of trying.

“Some of the people I have talked to will be good investors and good partners. I have to get it over the line. On a daily basis I am talking to different people, so I do feel that something will happen at some stage, I am just not sure who with and when.”

With regards to the stadium project at Mill Hill, he said: “The new stadium is an ongoing process. We need to continue with our planning application, which we are doing, but that costs money and of course our funds have been very tight while we had the Center Plate case. That has been difficult.

“Now we have some funds we can start continue with the planning application, there are issues around that, there are always issues with such a development, that we are working on."

Read more from the Gills chairman in this Thursday's Medway Messenger newspaper

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